I got scolded on Facebook the other day for something similar - for pointing out that a meme encouraging people to "love selflessly" was potentially encouraging unbalanced relationships and encouraging women in particular to martyr themselves in the name of being loving. I got the same kinds of "why so serious" feedback.

Because words and the concepts we convey with them have meaning, and create our society - that's why. I'm glad you spoke up, although I'm sorry that you experienced that much backlash for doing so. Hopefully it makes at least one or two people think though.

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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